What is Air Conditioning Technology
The Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program at Somerset Community
College is a two-year area of study for students interested in the heating and air
conditioning service field. Students receive training in several areas of HVAC, including:
installation and servicing heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment.
This program includes instructional units that provide students with an understanding
of wiring diagrams associated troubleshooting HVAC equipment; geo-thermal design and
troubleshooting; heat/load and duct design; gas, electric, and heat pump installations
Units of instruction are designed to include lecture and practical experience in the lab or on-site projects. This program also offers an excellent prerequisite for students who plan to pursue a career in areas such as HVAC sales, building maintenance, duct testing and cleaning, energy auditor, and air quality controller.
The Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning program is designed to prepare students for an entry-level position as an apprentice HVAC mechanic.
Successful students will be eligible for a HVAC Journeyman License after two years of education, working 1,500 hours as an apprentice under a Kentucky Master HVAC Contractor, and passing the State HVAC Journeyman Exam. After working as a Journeyman, under a Kentucky Master HVAC Mechanic for two years the student can be eligible to take the Master HVAC test and become a licensed HVAC Master.
Progress in the Air Conditioning Technology program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of “C” or better in each technical and mathematics course and maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better. (on a 4.0 scale)
What are my career choices?
- Air Balance Apprentice
- HVAC Installer
- Air Conditioning Technician
- Air Quality Controller
- HVAC Technician
- Boiler Maintenance
- Refrigeration Installer
- Refrigeration Technician
- Service Technician
- Sales Representative
- Start-Up Technician
What classes do I have to take?
Some of the courses you will take include Basic Refrigeration, Commercial Refrigeration, Cooling and Dehumidification, Heating and Humidification, HVAC Electricity and Electrical Components.
Program Overview (pdf)
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
- Environmental System Repair Helper
(15 credit hours)
- Environmental Control System Servicer
(16 credit hours)
- Refrigeration Mechanic
(28 credit hours)
- Domestic Air Conditioner and Furnace Installer
(37 credit hours)
- Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Mechanic (48-51 credit hours)
- Boiler Maintenance Certificate
- Chiller Maintenance Certificate
- Domestic Air Conditioner and Furnace Certificate
- Environmental Control System Servicer Certificate
- Refrigeration Mechanic Certificate
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.